Mike O'Toole and David Black had already started their own Gondola cruise business together before Mike's first visit to Venice brought him into contact with the real thing. Fascinated by the sleek lines and ability to move under the power of a single oar, he stayed to investigate, toiling in boatyards and working stints as a gondolier as he learned to design and maneuver the classic boats. When he returned to the US, he brought with him a determination to make his gondola business a truly authentic experience. Together, he and David devised a gondola that exuded the traditions of Venice but that was specifically suited to the waters of Naples Island.
At The Gondola Getaway, Mike, David, and their team of gondoliers conduct one-hour tours with the unique watercraft, which range from authentic two-seaters imported from Venezia to boats that seat up to 14, crafted with the co-owners' unique designs. These are built from oak frames and mahogany plywood with a five-ounce fiberglass overlay, painted jet-black, and constructed to be a bit shorter than their European counterparts. Once on the water, tour guides explore Naples Island's ancient canals and waterways, and even serve European snacks such as cheese, salami, and bread.
Named one of Parents magazine's Top 10 Birthday Chains in 2010, Color Me Mine's international franchise of DIY ceramics studios cater to an older crowd as well. Hundreds of unadorned ceramic pieces—including vases, mugs, and mermaids—await the attentions of muses of kids and their keepers alike, as do glazes in earthy tones and bright crimsons to frighten bulls away from china cabinets. Guests follow simple step-by-step instructions that leave plenty of room for creative expression. When painters are satisfied with their work, the professional kiln-workers help glaze and fire it for them before customers retrieve the finished piece a few days later.
Be prepared for all those extra special occasions. The jewelry cases at Romance Etc in Long Beach are filled with only the finest necklaces, bracelets, rings, and more.
Have a party to attend? Grab a gift basket on the way at Romance Etc.
When you are commuting to this store by car, take advantage of the nearby parking options.
When you're ready to take the next step in your relationship, head to Romance Etc in Long Beach for a new piece of jewelry.
With a stay at Seaport Marina Hotel in Long Beach, you'll be on the waterfront and convenient to VA Long Beach Medical Center and California State University Long Beach. This hotel is within close proximity of California State University Long Beach and Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden.
Make yourself at home in one of the 97 individually decorated guestrooms. Rooms have private balconies where you can take in pool and water views. Wireless Internet access (surcharge) keeps you connected, and cable programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms have complimentary toiletries and hair dryers.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Take advantage of recreational opportunities offered, including a nightclub, an outdoor pool, and bicycles to rent. Additional amenities include wireless Internet access (surcharge), concierge services, and a pool table.
Grab a bite to eat at the hotel's restaurant, which features a bar, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge. Breakfast is available for a fee.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include limo/town car service, business services, and audiovisual equipment. Event facilities at this hotel consist of a conference center, conference/meeting rooms, and small meeting rooms. Free parking is available onsite.
At the highly-rated Mr Cat Productions in Long Beach, you can find durable and reliable electronics for your home or office.
Shop for laptops, printer_copier_scanner_string, and smartphones at store and go home with a brand new computer you can count on.
If you're driving to Mr Cat Productions, don't worry about finding parking! There are plenty of available spots in the area.
For new speakers, TVs, computers, and more, Mr Cat Productions delivers everything you want in an electronic device.
Long Beach's Cha For Tea serves wonderfully aromatic teas and more.
Cha For Tea's low-fat and G-free items make it easy to eat right.
Enjoy the beautiful weather while you chow down — with outdoor seating, Cha For Tea is a great summer destination.
Getting online is easy with Cha For Tea's free and convenient wifi.
Call Cha For Tea for catering if you have a big event coming up.
Diners at Cha For Tea will be happy to know that free parking is always available.
Make use of the luxurious bike racks at Cha For Tea.
Cha For Tea provides morning, afternoon, and evening service, so you can easily find time to dine.
So slow down, relax, and take some time out for tea. You'll be a Cha For Tea regular in no time.